I’m sure if you’ve spent any time on Pinterest and/or looking at ideas for weddings, you’ve seen cute little signs hung on the back of the bride and groom chairs at the reception. They usually say something like “Mr. and Mrs.” or if they’re being funny “Mr. Right and Mrs. Always Right.” For our wedding, we took a fun and unique twist on the chair sign idea…
Our last name is Oeding (pronounced: oh-ding). It’s probably German in origin and likely had been spelled Öding (pronounced: oou-ding) before my husband’s family migrated to the U.S. Like many immigrants, their name was probably changed to make it easier for English speakers to pronounce, and the umlaut was replaced by the oe. The change confuses some people, who see the “Oed” and think it’s pronounced “eh-ding” like Oedipus. But it really is just Oeding (oh-ding).
Sometimes though, we kid around and say that it’s “Oh-dang.”
It seemed fitting for a wedding to celebrate the fact that you’ve just done something AWESOME by making chair signs that say: “Oh dang!”
This was a simple project and I LOVE how it turned out! First, I purchased some un-glazed ceramic signs from Michael’s and a paint pen. I also printed the words I wanted to transfer on to the signs on regular computer paper.
Next, I used an old trick you probably learned in elementary school…carbon transfer using a pencil. I just rubbed the pencil on the back of the paper:
Why yes, that would be a McMenamins‘ pencil
I got when I stayed at the Kennedy School hotel.
Then I laid the paper on the ceramic sign and traced around each letter:
Super cute right? Here they are at the reception:
Photo credit: Auburn Heritage Photography
If you’re planning a wedding, or know someone who is, I recommend adding little personal touches like this. The idea might not be unique, but the special take on the message added a bit of fun and whimsy for our guests.